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Twelfth Session of the African Ministerial Conference
on the Environment (AMCEN-12)

7-12 June 2008 | Johannesburg, South Africa

Highlights for Monday, 9 June 2008
Sunset at the closure of the expert segment.
The expert group segment of the twelfth session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN-12) reconvened in three working groups addressing climate change, the draft indicative work programme (2009–2010), and policy related matters. In the afternoon, the expert group met in plenary to consider working group reports, the draft indicative work programme, and the draft Johannesburg Declaration, and agree on draft decisions to forward to the ministerial segment. The experts segment of the first extraordinary meeting of the contracting parties to the Convention for the Cooperation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the West and Central African Region (the Abidjan Convention) was also held in Johannesburg today. The experts at that meeting heard presentations and considered draft decisions on the revitalization of the Abidjan Convention.
Participants during Working Group I (WGI): Climate Change
Participants during Working Group II (WGII): Draft indicative work programme (2009–2010)
Participants during Working Group III (WGIII): Policy related matters
Dais during the plenary session. L-R: Kwashirai Chigodora (Botswana); Atwa Hussein (Egypt); Peter Acquah, Officer in Charge, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) - Regional Office Africa (ROA); Chair Alexis Minga (Republic of Congo); and Foday Bojang, African Union Commission.
A bird’s eye view of the plenary room.
Peter Acquah, Officer in Charge, UNEP ROA
Chair Alexis Minga (Republic of Congo)
Kwashirai Chigodora (Botswana)
Rachel Musoke (Uganda)
Bougonou Djeri-Alassani (Togo)
Estherine Lisinge-Fotabong, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)
Samy Mankoto Ma Mbaelele, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
WGIII rapporteur Zaheer Fakir (South Africa)
Ogunlande Davidson (Sierra Leone)
Alf Wills (South Africa)
Jane Gaithuma, BirdLife International
Abdulrahman Issa, IUCN
Joshue Zake (Uganda)
Mary Fosi Mbantenkhu (Cameroon)
Salvator Ndabirorere (Burundi)
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Global Footprint Network Side Event on Africa:
The ecological Footprint and Human Well Being
L-R: Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu and Morné du Plessis, WWF
Morné du Plessis, WWF, stressed that Africa and China are important players in the sustainability debate.
Mathis Wackernagel, Global Footprint Network, noted with regret that the earth is heading towards ecological bankruptcy given the current rates of population growth and consumption.
The Report was officially presented to Jonathan Allotey (Ghana) by the organizers. L-R: Jonathan Allotey; Morné du Plessis, WWF; Mathis Wackernagel, Global Footprint Network; and Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu, WWF.
EGM of the Abijan Convention
Dais during the EGM of the Abijan Convention
Ahmed Senhoury, Regional Marine and Coastal Conservation Programme for West Africa (PRCM)
Dixon Waruinge, Abijan and Nairobi Convention Secretariat
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Report of the Bureau of the AMCEN on the work of its 22nd meeting
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Status of implementation of the decisions taken by the 11th session of AMCEN
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